The Plain Dealer: “Oberlin College graduates bridge town-gown divide” It’s been clear for a decade or more, writes Steve Litt for The Plain Dealer, that neighborhoods around colleges and universities offer some of the hottest development opportunities in American cities. But it took three freshly minted graduates of Oberlin College starting in 2002 to see the…

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Inhabitat: “Oberlin’s LEED Development Revitalizes Community” Ten years ago, writes Andrew Michler for Inhabitat, three college students had a vision to reclaim a stagnant downtown area in Oberlin, Ohio—in a couple of months that vision will become reality. Sustainable Community Associates has developed a $15 million LEED Neighborhood Development Gold (pending) project with perseverance and…

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The New York Times: “Young, Idealistic and Now Developers” In this quaint but economically stagnant college town 50 miles southwest of Cleveland, Ben Ezinga, Joshua Rosen and Naomi Sabel spent their first four years as typical liberal arts college students, going to class, writing papers and looking forward to graduation. Their last four years in…

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